字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 -I do find it very, at a nice time, to consume art. Uh, that someone has worked on and finished. So, uh, it must be nice to have a book out now that people can turn to in these times. This is a book about Asian-American immigrants. Obviously, in general over the last few years, I feel as though we've been talking about and reconsidering exactly the plight of what immigrants go through in this country. Do you feel like your came out at an opportune time, in that, people's minds are open to sort of understanding what life immigrants in this country live? -Mm-hmm. You know what's really interesting is I started writing this book in early 2015, so this is not only before coronavirus, but also before the 2016 elections. And I remember finishing this book and wondering, like, "Is it too mod-lit? Is it too histrionic in it's depiction of racism, And naked racism against Asian people? And, yeah, now we're living in this time. And it is, sadly, more relevant than ever. But, I guess, it sort of, like, goes along with this life-long obsession I've really had. You know, I came here as an immigrant. And my parents were immigrants. And it really took me 20-some years to sort of realize that we are living with this myth of the American dream. And it really, really, truly is a myth. This idea that anyone who works hard enough can have success in this country. And, it's just not true, because there's so many systemic barriers in place. And, you know, I think that's always been the sort of unfairness of that, has always been more visible to immigrants and to people of color. But, I think we're all seeing it now. With this sort of like [Chuckles] other countries' response to the epidemic and how many people's lives are, are very fragile right now. -You also, you know this book takes place in the American ra-- American West, excuse me. Obviously, that seems to be a part of the country that you have a connection to. When did you first find your way out West? -Um, my family moved from Kentucky, which was the first place that we lived in, in America, out to California, when I was about eight. So that whole journey, we took it in a car over several days. Uh, it really made an impression on me. There's just something really beautiful and epic about this part of the world. -And I think that's really one of the lovely things about the book, is it's very honest about parts of the American myths that aren't real, but also, it is a very sort of loving beautiful book about this country. And it must be nice, in the writing, balancing both of those in order to tell a story. -Yeah, yeah. I do hope that that love comes through. I think that it's interesting that you can have this deep connection and affection for a country, even as it is difficult to live here sometimes. -Uh, I want to finish, because one thing that, you know, I certainly keep reading about is how independent bookstores are having a hard time, you know, when their doors are closed. And people can't come in. And I think that is a location, more than ever, that people go actually walk in, and peruse and find books. Are there any ways, any independent bookstores you'd like to shout out, now if people want to get your book? -Yes, absolutely! So my favorite in San Francisco are Green Apple Books, Booksmith, and Dog Eared Books. And they're all really wonderful places where, I think you can order online or just call them and in some cases have them shipped to you. -That's excellent. Hey, thank you so much. Congratulations on the book. And thanks so much for making time with us today. -Thank you, Seth. Bye. -Bye.